Snow at Westglow

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We had a little extra boost to our holiday cheer earlier this week: the first true snow of the season! While there wasn’t much accumulation, roads were covered, trees were dusted, and fluffy snowflakes fell for hours. The holidays are already a magical time at Westglow and a little bit of snow always completes a perfect setting.

Snow is no stranger to the High Country. Oftentimes, the months of January and February are full of the white stuff. However, true December snows can be rare and locals are not immune to the beauty of Christmastime snowflakes. There are few things more comforting than lounging inside during the holidays and watching snow fall.

Want to experience a Westglow snow for yourself? Click here to take advantage of our holiday gift certificate specials!

Holiday Decorations at Westglow

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Thanksgiving is over and our buffet was a huge success! We had a great time and loved seeing so many Westglow customers celebrate the holiday at Rowland’s Restaurant.

Last weekend, after all remnants of turkey day had been tucked away, we began putting up our traditional holiday decorations. Garland adorns the main stairway and all major fireplaces. A grand Christmas tree lights up the Blue Ridge Parlor and thousands of outdoor lights twinkle in our trees and bushes. At night, dinner guests at Rowland’s Restaurant will hear the soft sounds of Christmas music playing throughout the Manor House. Truly, there’s no place like Westglow to celebrate the holidays.

Check out the photos above and we hope to see you enjoying our decoration in person soon! Click here to purchase our holiday gift certificates instantly and give the gift of Westglow this season.

It’s the Most Wonderful Sale of the Year!

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The holidays are here and it’s time to unveil Westglow’s annual Holiday Gift Certificate specials. As our biggest sale of the year, these prices are designed to make your season bright. Enjoy savings of up to $600 and give the gift of indulgence this year.

Day Spa Package Gift Certificates are marked at $30 off our High Season rates. Sampler, Deluxe, and Dayglow Spa Packages are $195, $295, $395 respectively. Each Day Spa Package includes spa services, full use of our spa facility, and our four course spa lunch.

Two Night All-Inclusive Gift Certificates for one person are $1000 and $1500 for two. Each Inclusive Gift Certificate comes with two spa services per person, 3 meals daily, overnight accommodations, and full access to our spa facility.

The holidays are a time for family, togetherness, and celebration, but they also give way to the renewal and promise of a new year. What better way to begin 2017 than with a rejuvenating trip to Westglow?

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Thanksgiving Recipe

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Thanksgiving is next week and we are eagerly preparing for this timeless holiday! While we’re busy decorating and cooking our annual Thanksgiving buffet, we know that many of you are preparing similarly in your own homes. So, in the spirit of giving we’re providing a Schaefer family recipe just in time for Thanksgiving! Feel free to use it in your own holiday menus.

Click here to view the recipe for our Thanksgiving Corn Soufflé.

Introducing Westglow’s Glow Box!

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Introducing Westglow’s first ever “Glow Box”! As the newest offer from our Life Enrichment Center, we are striving to give our valued customers the chance to have a taste of Westglow delivered to their doorstep.

This premiere box is designed to make holiday travel easy, and we should know. Our overnight accommodations are nearly full this time of year as guests travel from across the globe to enjoy the holidays at Westglow. So, in the interest of making the holidays as relaxing as possible, we included a few helpful items.

Our “Dress Italian” tote bag is the perfect overnight bag for the season. Ideal for short trips or as a carry-on, the bag is made of heavy canvas and leather. Large enough for clothes and essentials, yet small enough for easy carry; this bag is on our travel “must have” list.

For those of you wanting an easy travel skin care routine, we’ve included Jane Iredale’s Magic Mitt. This micro fiber cloth relies on warm water to gently remove dirt, grime, and makeup without upsetting the skins natural acid barrier, which acts as a protectant against bacteria. Because this product only calls for water, it is the perfect travel item. No need to worry about packing extra soaps or oils!

Moving from ease to comfort, we’ve included the Ostrich Pillow in the Glow Box as well. Perfect for flights and long car rides, this pillow covers the eyes and cushions the back of the head. Getting the appropriate amount of rest during the holiday season can be difficult and the Ostrich Pillow plays a role in trying to make up for sleep lost.

Finally, we all know how difficult our cleaning routines can be during travel. No one likes figuring out how to use someone else’s shower and it can be difficult to do our nightly, comforting rituals in hotels. So, we’ve included hydraAromatherapy Shower Bursts in this Glow Box. Each burst is made with pure essential oils and designed to hang in a sachet bag. When wet and placed in a shower, the bursts infuse the air with healing and restorative aromatherapy effects. From lemon to lavender, these bursts are the perfect way to infuse our cleansing rituals with a spa atmosphere.

These items were combined in our premiere box as a set to help make holiday travel easy. However, we all know how long our holiday shopping lists can get and each of these items would be great standalone presents.

The Glow Box is priced at $155 and we are currently offering free shipping! Tax is not included. Please call 828-295-5100 to order your box. Purchase available while supplies last.

Thanksgiving Buffet

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The holidays are coming and we love kicking off this exciting season with Rowland’s annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Our inspiration for this customer favorite is rooted in holiday tradition and timely elegance. Thanksgiving beckons us to enjoy family, friends, and comfort food and we aspire to fit that mold perfectly.

With the theme of tradition in mind, our chefs turned their heads away from innovation and stayed true to the classic demands of the holiday. Thanksgiving would not be complete without turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. Rowland’s buffet menu includes those favorites, as well as several other crown pleasers such as pumpkin pie, two different types of stuffing, and macaroni and cheese.

Click here to view the full menu and call 828-295-5141 to make your reservations.

The Two Seasons of Westglow

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Yes, we know there are technically four seasons to a year in the High Country. However, there are two distinct travel seasons at Westglow and the rest of the North Carolina Mountains. Commonly referred to as High and Low Season, they indicate the amount of travelers to our area at any given point in the year.

Now, we’re here to debunk a myth: High and Low Season do not imply there’s a better, or “higher,” season to travel. It’s all a matter of perspective and we’d like to explain.

High Season typically runs from May through the end of October. These months are filled with sunshine, pleasing temperatures, and an abundance of activity. Outdoor concerts, farmers markets, music festivals, and horse shows take up almost every weekend during High Season and the days in between are filled with shopping, hiking, and dining al fresco. Westglow is a hub of activity and the perfect place to balance warm weather fun with vacation relaxation.

Low Season is the period between the 1st of November and the end of April. While the weather may be notable colder this time of year, these months are the perfect time to “do as the Romans do.” Blowing Rock’s population dwindles down to its year-round residents and locals are happy to share their town secrets with travelers who enjoy smaller crowds, cooler weather, and winter wonderlands. We have never ending suggestions of winter and early spring activities; the result of spending years capitalizing on this relaxing time. Westglow in the Low Season truly embodies the isolated, escape from the outside world feeling that only a vacation in the Appalachian Mountains can offer.

In short, while there are two distinct travel seasons in this region, Westglow never loses its charm, comfort, and appeal. The landscape just changes slightly.

Fall & Winter Newsletter

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It’s newsletter time again at Westglow! Each edition is a beautiful summation of all the property happenings and this issue is no exception. We have a new menu, new spa services, exciting plans for the holidays, and so much more.

Autumn is in full swing here and the famed color change is reaching its peak this weekend. Westglow has taken every step to celebrate the season and we are now offering luxurious pumpkin services at our spa, an indulgent dinner menu premiering next week, and a traditional Thanksgiving buffet sure to please every family. Visit the links to learn more!

Moving forward, holiday planning time is here. We will decorate for the holidays shortly after Thanksgiving and now is the time to plan your holiday event. Our dining and event spaces cater to family, friend, and business retreats of all sizes. Call our Event Coordinator at 828-295-4463 for more information!

Keep a close eye out for our holiday gift certificate specials! The most wonderful sale of the year will begin towards the end of November so make sure that a gift from Westglow is on your holiday shopping list. Finally, our New Year’s Eve menu will debut in early December. Make plans to celebrate the New Year in style at Rowland’s Restaurant.

Click here to view the full newsletter!

Menu Tasting

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It’s almost newsletter time at Westglow! But, before we can unveil all the new happenings around the property, there are several behind the scenes details that must be completed.

One of the more exciting details is the upcoming fall and winter menu and we just finished the tasting process. A new menu release is always preceded by a three-night menu tasting that grades each new dish by presentation, taste, and composition. Tastings are a chance for the chefs at Rowland’s Restaurant to show off their creativity and convey their seasonal inspirations. The autumn menus will highlight seasonal comfort food. Fall and winter are known for their hearty dishes and Rowland’s has brought a lot of that flavor to the table for this new menu.

We would personally suggest the Taleggio Bisque, Crispy Prosciutto Wrapped Hump Mountain Trout, and Pumpkin Beggar’s Purses as an excellent introduction to the new menu. The trout entrée is locally sourced and its prosciutto wrap adds a hearty, seasonal flavor. With thyme ice cream and candied thyme, the Pumpkin Beggar’s Purses are a quintessential autumn dessert. Finally, the Taleggio Bisque might just end up on our recipes page. The new menu will be released Monday October, 24th and we hope to see you dining at Rowland’s soon!

Click here to view our current menu and call 828-295-5141 to make your reservations.

Sunrise at Westglow

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Every morning marks a familiar pace at Westglow. No two sunrises or days are the same here, but there are similarities that have become property traditions. Westglow lives by a code of appreciating the smaller, more indulgent, things in life and that practice begins the moment the sun begins to rise.

Sunrise itself is when the “glow” of the day begins. Elliot Daingerfield purchased Westglow’s land for its remarkable lighting and every morning is a tribute to his vision of the property. Time slows down for a moment as the sun rises over John’s River Gorge. Pink, orange, and yellow light spills onto the mountain tops as the sky turns a light shade of blue. It’s one of the more inspirational times of day here and we hope you’ll stop for a moment and enjoy the splendor during your next visit.

Check out some pictures of this gorgeous time of day above! Click here to view our overnight accommodations and begin planning your next vacation in the glowing Carolina Mountains.